Dogs at Queen’s estate in Sandringham struck by rare disease

September 19th, 2011 - 8:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Sept 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Scientists in the United Kingdom and around the world are scratching their heads for answers regarding a rare disease that affect dogs. The first time the disease struck was in 2009 when it affected several dogs. It was first detected in Queen’s estate at Sandringham. In the current outbreak, 11 dogs are being cared for.

The disease is called the Seasonal Canine Illness. 37 dogs were infected last autumn after they were taken to Sandringham. Unfortunately, six of those infected dogs never recovered from the disease and died.

A veterinary charity group called Animal Health Trust (AHT) has been tasked by the Queen to investigate the disease. The Queen is a lover of dogs and she is reportedly worried about the latest developments.

The leader of the investigative team at AHT, Dr Richard Newton, told reporters that, “We want to arm dog owners with as much information as we can. Unfortunately, we are looking for a small needle in a very large haystack. We weren’t aware of any cases in 2011, and then suddenly at the start of September we had a flurry of reports.”

Newton revealed that they have made major breakthrough by identifying the particular place where the dogs seem to catch the infection. The cause of the disease however remains unknown.

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